Babalwa Mhlauli

Lovelight flower Babalwa


"When people can't do something themselves, they gonna tell you that you can't do it, you want something, go get it. Period."

Pursuit of happiness


Dear Ma Ann Dunham

(The letter doesn't want to wait for your portrait, so we have to move with the flow)


I have always felt the deepest kind of love whenever I felt prayer and poetry eclipse within me. This comes as gift for different people at different times and all I have to do is to catch it in the moment. That's God's amazing Grace, endless love and pure bliss. Love teaches us that nothing and nothing has to be too complicated, all these unjustifiable complications are man made. Only present, conscious and elevated beings can change things in our world by being exactly who they are,  because they behold the greatest commandment of all, LOVE!


It is written;

"Prayer works through love: the recognition of God's creation as spiritual, intact, and inherently lovable."


I'm deeply connected to the oneness of life, the eternal flow of things in the spectrum of life. I'm connected to the I AM, The Omniscient, The Omniscient, The Omnipotent God at all times, because there's no life without the Majestic King. He our centre, as the scripture tells us, in him we live, we move, we have our being.


In 2009 I decided to move to a different neighborhood in order to advance my missionary work. I moved in order to touch the lives of people I might never have a chance and an opportunity to encounter thus heal. God worked everything out in advance. He sent me two angels who would accompany me in my journey. This was shortly after we had experienced a wave of love and unity in our beautiful Planet Earth, nations united, sisterly love, brotherly love, in a way we haven't experienced in a long time. Who could ever forget that young handsome man who came reciting speeches of love, stealing our hearts instantly, making us weep, dance, laugh and smile all at once. Making our grandparents feel forever young so drunk and giddy with joy. Giggles, forever young grandparents! Yippy Yeahhh!!I'm sure the sick rose from hospital beds in celebration of that eternal dance of connectedness.

Who can ever forget that gentle, gentleman who came reciting love poems in a whole new way, reminding us of Dr Martin Luther King and Mrs King who once said,

"When the heart is right, the mind and body will follow."


When God decides who can turn back the clock? Do you realize what you've done President Barack Obama? You gave us the Madiba feeling all over again. Dejavu all over again and again and again and again! We love it, we love it, we love it! Hooooray!!!You gave us The Dream Speech all over again! We all rocked to the finest tune of the finest Rock Star President Ever, Ever, Ever! Okay John F. Kennedy you were also a super fine Rock Star President! Smiley smiley endless giggles!!!Ha ha ha!!! Love it! Ohhhh!!! ( Wish you could see my face, facial expressions and hear my voice as I recite this verse) goofy girl!!! Big Smile! Giggles!


Little did I know that after serving selflessly in my new neighborhood, healing the sick, delivering sermons in a church on Sundays, teaching Sunday School, exhibiting my art work, teaching kids how to dance and demanding that they be seen before Sunday service begins--- little did I know that I would be invited to the United States Consulate General Residence to discuss Dr King's call to community service. How rewarding, what a blessing! I felt so redeemed, once again I was being afforded the opportunity to be embraced and empowered by Dr King who's painting I created when I was feeling so so sick, yet the energy that I felt wouldn't let me stop. That energy completed the painting. His prayers carried me through, his love embraced me, his warmth helped me as I painted away. It was like being with the Majestic King of Holiness, Divinity and Grace in a single moment that only God can describe since he's the orchestrator of such loveliness. I don't see how a sick person could have created that masterpiece! Its raw with passion, his hand raised in the air as the orator who barely moves his lips allowing God to speak through him! I wasn't invited to perform for Dr King and I went there as a guest of someone who was invited, nonetheless I went there prepared! I asked the Consulate General (who didn't even know there was someone like me in the universe) to allow me to do something special for Dr King and I did! Everybody was deeply touched and happy, happy happy! Ohh So Happy! They said I brought joy to the occasion, it would have been boring without me. I come with a whole lot of joy indeed. A whole lot o' joy, so so much, its uncontainable! I sang a Bob Marley song for the King! So much fun! :-) Giggles!


The same year I was invited to share a stage with Judge Albie Sacks. He had written a new book so he was going to give a talk about his life and work. Being on the same platform with the Judge is something that I will never forget. He gave me a huge warm hug, so full of love! I could hear his heart skip a beat, so did mine by the way :-)! For a change, I heard a genuine and positive voice in South Africa that anticipated and expectect great things to be born in this nation and our world, only if young people refuse to listen to naysayers.


My granny was a women who empowered other women! Everybody would simply go to aunt May if they wanted advise, if they were hungry, if they wanted a touch of love or just to observe her as she excelled whilst taking care and organizing her household.


So it is no surprise to me that God would always, always send me powerful angels in my walks who are aligned to the fruition and manifestation of his dreams, the bigger picture. Toot and her daughter Ann are the two angels whom God used to escort me safely to my new destination. I didn't even know who they were, I also knew very little about the new President of The United States of America although I was one of his greatest supporters. The bold, fun and loving me went to the office of Archbishop Tutu in 2010, to ask him to write to President Obama requesting a meeting for Babalwa Mhlauli. Ha ha ha, I guess some may say who do you think you are? I am a child of the Most High God. That is more than enough as God has proven it time after time.


President Obama these are some of the words that appear in the letter I wrote to Archbishop Tutu in 2012 for you since I didn't receive the desired response in 2010!


"Today, we are closer to fulfilling America's promise of economic and social justice because we stand on the shoulders of giants like Dr. King, yet our future progress will depend on how we prepare our next generation of leaders. We must fortify their ladders of opportunity by correcting social injustice, breaking the cycle of poverty in struggling communities, and reinvesting in our schools. Education can unlock a child's potential and remains our strongest weapon against injustice and inequality."



Mr President you once said;

“My grandparents held on to a simple dream: that they would raise my mother in a land of boundless dreams, I am standing here today because that dream was realized.”


I remember this particular day I was walking about doing my work, healing the people, and I came across an article that made me weep. This part just knocked me off my feet, it felt like I was in a dream yet it was so very real.


"Dunham studied at the East–West Center and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, where she attained a bachelor's in anthropology or mathematics and master's and Ph.D. in anthropology. Interested in craftsmanship, weaving and the role of women in cottage industries, Dunham's research focused on women's work on the island of Java and blacksmithing in Indonesia. To address the problem of poverty in rural villages, she created microcredit programs while working as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development. Dunham was also employed by the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and she consulted with the Asian Development Bank in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Towards the latter part of her life, she worked with Bank Rakyat Indonesia, where she helped apply her research to the largest microfinance program in the world."


Beautiful Mother who was ill treated by others as a child for playing with a negro child.

The activist who left the comfort of her home, familiar environment for places unknown

You who left the comfort of your country

The country who's creed is deeply rooted in opportunity for all

A country flowing with milk and honey

Mother who left the comfort and wealth of her country seeking only one thing,

One thing in this life

To serve

To give off yourself

To empower

To uplift

To enrich

To connect

Raising up the poor from the dust

Enthroning them as queens amongst queens

We honor you for passing those values to your children

One of the finest man who's ever walked the earth, now one of the Most Powerful Presidents in the world

Preaching the same gospel that his mother breast fed him!

Oh lovely women in heart and soul

May the Lord Bless you eternally


You who took me by the hand and led me to my destination when noone else was there!

For you knew from experience what was needed here and beyond

You knew what was required of me

You rose layed me gently on your back and taught me without ever spoon feeding me all that I needed to know to advance the human spirit!

You settled me inn gently then you left, giving me a chance to learn, to make mistakes and try again and again until I got it right.

Above all you must have known that your energy with all who came before was totally enough to see me through.

I thank you

I thank you

I thank you all so much

For during the hardest of times your voice rose

You became my dancing light

And assured me that I was awesome, great and fabulous.

Most of all you were a part of this creative journey.

The weaver who laid down foundations of love

Weaving selflessness to the fabric of society

Generosity to human kind

Tirelessness while serving others

Weaving Purity of heart and soul into the fabric of the global community!

Weaving Ubuntu into the fabric of humanity

The unifier, the peacemaker who moved in a language that demonstrated oneness

Mindful of Abraham's Lincoln's words as if they were inscribed in your tender heart;


"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... " Lincoln


The weaver who moved from the centre of connectedness deep down in the depth of her soul

The core of her spirit, where God resides

How you fill my heart dear mother

I am those women that you searched for and found in places where only few dare to go

Yet it is these place that make me come alive!

These places that are so rich with hidden treasures

Its these places that others frown upon, that one finds that which is humbling, wholesome and truly empowering!

My heart skips a beat

Me smiley smiley

Me dance around in the kitchen as I write to you

Sweet giggle, sweet giggles cascade out of my mouth because of you

(Blowing endless kisses in the air!!!)


The mother who's heart was deeply rooted in culture, thus greater love.

You charted a path where peace meets love, giving birth to harmony and joy!

A road where peace meets love

Giving opportunity to all,

Enriching rural women who are the cornerstones of their societies.

A woman who did it all






It is written;

"Dunham enjoyed going to coffeehouses in Seattle’s University District to talk about jazz and the value of learning from other cultures. She also took in foreign films at the Ridgemont Theatre on Greenwood Avenue N near Green Lake in Seattle."


I feel your prayer

I feel your love

I feel your spirit of Ubuntu Mama


You came to teach us in the words of Thomas Jefferson that;


"If a nation experts to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it xperts what never was and never will be!"


I feel your prayer;


God, my shepherd!

I don’t need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,

you let me catch my breath

and send me in the right direction

Even when the way goes through

Death Valley,

I’m not afraid

when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherd’s crook

makes me feel secure.


You serve me a six-course dinner

right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;

my cup brims with blessing.


Your beauty and love chase after me

every day of my life.

I’m back home in the house of God

for the rest of my life. (Psalm)


Dear Leader, we lift our voices in unison and we sing your name with all angels here and beyond!


Ann Dunham!


Ann Dunham!


Ann Dunham!


We sing your name in unison!


Because in your journeys you too sang joyfully

You sang wisdom

You sang empowerment

You sang truth

You sang stregnth

You sang growth

You sang gratitude

You practiced what you preached

and the world rose, for you made it a better place to live in!


Thus we gather as theUnited Nations, taught by you; and we sing;


As I lay me down,

Heaven hear me now.

I'm lost without a cause

After giving it my all.


Winter storms have come

And darkened my sun.

After all that I've been through

Who on earth can I turn to?


I look to you.

I look to you.

After all my strength is gone,

In you I can be strong

I look to you.

I look to you.

And when melodies are gone,

In you I hear a song.

I look to you.


About to lose my breadth,

There's no more fighting left,

Sinking to rise no more,

Searching for that open door.


And every road that I've taken

Lead to my regret.

And I don't know if I'm going to make it.

Nothing to do but lift my head


I look to you.

I look to you.

After all my strength is gone,

In you I can be strong

I look to you.

I look to you.

And when melodies are gone,

In you I hear a song.

I look to you.


My levees are broken

My walls have come

Tumbling down on me


The rain is falling.

Defeat is calling.

I need you to set me free.


Take me far away from the battle.

I need you.

Shine on me.


I look to you.

I look to you.

After all my strength is gone,

In you I can be strong

I look to you.

I look to you.

And when melodies are gone,

In you I hear a song.

I look to you.

Whitney Houston


We are always surrounded by the spirit of love! We are always together, the living, the dead, the unborn! When we realize this, life becomes sweeter and enjoyable.


A poet wrote;


Light A Candle

light a candle,

see it glow,

watch it dance,

when you feel low,

think of me,

think of light,

I'll always be here,

day or night,

a candle flickers,

out of sight,

but in your heart,

I still burn bright,

think not of sadness,

that I'm not near,

think of gladness

and joyous cheer,

I have not left,

I am not gone,

I'm here to stay

my little one,

so when you light a candle

and you see it glow

and you watch it dance

in your heart you'll know

that I would never leave you

even when you feel so blue

I'm sitting up here with the Lord

and now watching over you


May God fill your spirit with wholesomeness, peace and joy dear Mother!


Maya Soetoro-Ng says her mother Ann;

“Was sort of unflinchingly and unwaveringly empathetic, she was always very good at finding a language that the other person would understand,"


I can hear Dr King sing you praise to the glory of God just as he did with Sidney Poitier, "(S)He is a (wo)man ... of great social concern, a (wo)man who is dedicated to human rights and freedom.


We say;

Viva Ma Ann Viva!

Amandla Ma Ann Amandla

Long Live the spirit of Ma Ann

Long Live

because you exemplify that;

"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Grandfather Mandela


In the books of psalms it is written,

"I have been young, and now am old,

Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good;

So shall you dwell forever.

For the Lord loves justice;

He will not forsake his saints.

They are preserved forever,

But the children of the wicked shall be cut off."


May the Grace of God be with you forever more dear Mama!                   Thank You forever more.

We salute you!